The Four Year Plan: REVISED NOVEMBER 2022

To view the full presentation, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyhuE294UF4

For additional questions or information, please contact Barb Oliver, Director of Operations, Sound Foundations NW at SoundFoundationsNW@gmail.com.  

 

When we proposed this Four Year Plan, our figures were based on the number of estimated homeless at the time.  Since then, the King County Regional Homeless Authority (KCRHA) has readjusted the estimated number of homeless people in King County to 13,368. (https://kcrha.org/data-overview/) Based on this information, we have revised our Four Year Plan to reflect this number. 

The changes in the original are  red and lined out.   The revised changes are blue and bold.

 

Homelessness is a big problem with a lot of solutions.  We realize that.  We also know from four years’ experience building tiny homes that getting people off the ground and into a space that is warm, safe, and dry is the first, best solution to ending homelessness.

We want to work together with other agencies to end homelessness.  This is our plan to be a part of that solution.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  1. From January 2022 through December 2026, our plan will put the roof over the heads and a lock on the doors of  18,000 15,120 homeless people.
  1. Sound Foundations NW will employ and pay, through a separate budget submitted by the Seattle Conservation Corps, homeless and formerly homeless individuals to literally build their own tiny homes. If they are already in a tiny home village, this would be their way to pay it forward.
  1. While homeless men and women are working at The Hope Factory, they are learning not only technical skills such as carpentry, flooring, roofing, and painting, they are also learning “soft skills” such as a work history, self-esteem, teamwork, and problem solving.
  1. Through the Community Partners with Sound Foundations NW, we will also be doing the “lunch and learn” program. For example, KeyBank has agreed to teach money management.  Target has agreed to teach resume writing and interview skills.
  1. The Tiny Home Village program through the Low Income Housing Institute, or LIHI, is one of the most successful programs in the nation for getting homeless people off the streets and into permanent housing.
  1. The total cost for this plan is $79,117,000. $50,928,000.  The first year costs, $3,474,000 have already been paid for. That leaves a total of $75,643,000 $47,454,000 for years two through four.  This total is less than the cost of three  two hotels.

 

SPECIFICS OF THE PLAN:

 

TINY HOME VILLAGES WORK!

  • Median length of stay = 114 days.  (Three residents per year transition through each tiny home.)
  • Nationwide, the transition rate from homelessness to some form of permanent housing is 10-12%*. The LIHI model is 56%.
  • The LIHI Model: peer navigation AND case management
  • “Homelessness is not about a lack of a home. Homelessness is about a lack of COMMUNITY.”  Tiny home villages provide the community to make the “head and heart” transformations possible.  https://www.soundfoundationsnw.org/the-case-for-tiny-home-villages

 

*Source:  Dr. Jennifer Wilson, PhD, MSW:  Center for Housing and Homeless Research, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

 

 

 

$18.69/hr. starting wage.

Admittedly, we have no experience in the Human Resources.  That’s why we will rely on the Seattle Conservation Corps to take care of the “HR” part of this. 

Seattle Conservation Corp is willing to work with us, and they are excited about being a part of this plan.

 

YEAR TWO BY THE NUMBERS

Current number of tiny homes                            .                             645

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #1                         195

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #2                         195

Total number of tiny homes   (10 villages)                                    1035

Number of residents per home per year                                          x 3

TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS       …  …..            3105

 

 

YEAR THREE BY THE NUMBERS

Current number of tiny homes                                                        1035

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #1                         215

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #2                         215

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #3                         215

Total number of tiny homes   (16 villages)                                    1680

Number of residents per home per year                                          x 3

TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS          ……..     ..   5040

 

YEAR FOUR BY THE NUMBERS:  THREE HOPE FACTORIES INSTEAD OF FOUR

Current number of tiny homes                                                        1680

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #1                         240

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #2                         240

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #3                         240

Number of homes produced by Hope Factory #4                         240

Total number of tiny homes   (24 villages)                                   2640  1680

Number of residents per home per year                                          x 3

TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS     ………              7920    5040

 

 

TOTAL OFF THE STREETS IN FOUR YEARS

Year One:        645 homes          4 New Villages                1935 off the streets

Year Two:      390 new homes   9-10 New Villages          3105 off the streets

Year Three:   645 new homes   15-16 New Villages        5040 off the streets

Year Four:     960  645 new homes    23-24   15-16 New Villages       7920  5040 off the streets

TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS IN FOUR YEARS:  18,000  15,120

 

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FUNDING FOR THIS PLAN

COST ASSUMPTIONS

  • Cost of Materials: In March 2018:  $3100 per home.  Currently $4200 per home.  Estimate is based on all four years at $5000/home.
  • Production Costs: Cost to replace tools, additional carts, bits, etc.  $993.80/month average for the first five months of 2022.
  • Set Up Costs for a New Facility: Numbers are based on set up of the first Hope Factory:  $68K for tools, half of which will be donated by Lowes and Operation Tiny Home + $20K for jigs, workstations, cabinets, etc.
  • Overhead/Facilities Cost for Year One: LIHI is donating the space to SFNW

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LABOR COSTS

 YEAR ONE:

  • On the job training provided by Seattle Conservation Corps (Separate budget through the Seattle Parks Department. Seattle Conservation Corps labor budget for 2023 is already approved.)
  • Staff salary for Director of Operations and Paint Dept. Leader provided by LIHI.

 

YEARS TWO THROUGH FOUR:  

PRODUCTION STAFF: Volunteers in Hope Factory #1. Paid productions staff in Hope Factories #2, #3, and #4 through Seattle Conservation Corps

(Separate budget through the Seattle Parks Department.)

  • 21 Crew Members: $17.75/hr. $18.69/hr.  X 40 hours x 50 weeks
  • 6 Team Leaders: $19/hr. x 40 hours x 50 weeks
  • 1 Construction Leader: $24/hr. x 40 hours x 50 weeks
  • 1 Paint Dept. Leader: $24/hr. x 40 hours x 50 weeks
  • 1 Hope Factory Manager: $30/hr. x 40 hours x 50 weeks

OFFICE STAFF

  • Office Mgr./ Volunteer Coordinator / Bookkeeper: $52k/yr.
  • Director of Logistics: $60K/yr.
  • Director of Operations: $73K/yr.

 

LIHI COSTS

  • Tiny home village first year development and capital costs: $725K per village.
  • Cost per person per year to live in a tiny home: $9K
  • Average number of tiny homes per village: 42
  • Facilities cost for The Hope Factory: current year: donated by LIHI.  Additional years:  $66K/yr. per facility.

 

SUMMARY OF COSTS:  ORIGNAL

 

 

SUMMARY OF COSTS:  REVISED

 

 

EXPLANATION OF CHANGES 

Bracketed numbers and letters show which cell the notes are for.  For example, [18D] is Year Two Cost of Materials.

 

SOUND FOUNDATIONS NW COSTS

[18F]:  Year Four Cost of Materials changed from $4,800,000 to $3,225,000 because we are using three Hope Factories instead of four Hope Factories.

[18G]  Total Cost of Materials changed because Year Four changed.  This is a savings of $1,575,000.

[19F]  With 3 Hope Factories instead of 4, the production costs would be the same.

[19G]  Total Production Costs changed because Year Four changed.  This is a savings of $12,000.

[20F] There are zero Set Up Costs because we would not be setting up a fourth Hope Factory.

[20G]  The total Set Up Costs changed because Year Four Costs changed.  This is a savings of $54,000

[21F] Facilities costs will be reduced because there will be one less facility in Year Four.

[21G] The total Facilities Cost changed because of [21F].  This is a savings of $66,000.

[22D/E/F/G]  Because of City Council’s increased funding for the Parks Department, the Labor  Costs for this project will be spent out of the Parks Department/Seattle Conservation Corps budget.  This is a savings of $6,435,000!

[24D/E/F/G]  Total costs changed because of the above changes.  For the Sound Foundations NW part of the Four Year Plan, THIS IS A TOTAL SAVINGS OF $8,142,000.

 

LIHI COSTS

[27F]  Infrastructure/First Year Costs would be substantially reduced simply because we are building less villages.

[27G]  Total costs changed because [27F] changed.  This is a savings of $13,000,000!

[28F]  Annual costs for the villages are based on LIHI’s data of $9000 per person per year.  Less villages in Year Four mean less people in the village and less cost to operate.

[28G]  Total Annual Costs change because [28f] changed.  This is a savings of $7,047,000.

[29F/G] AND [30D/E/F/G] Totals change because of the above changes

 

TOTAL COSTS

[31D]  Total savings Year Two:  $1,163,000.

[31E]  Total savings Year Three:  $2,145,000.

[31F]  Total savings Year Four:  $24,881,000.

[31G]  TOTAL OVERALL SAVINGS:  $28,189,000!!

 

[33B]  Since Year One is fully funded, the net cost for the Four Year Plan would be the total of years two through four.  The original cost was $75,643,000.  The revised cost is $47,454,000.

[33E]  The revised cost of the Four Year Plan is less than the cost of TWO hotels, not three.

 

Sound Foundations NW has started a “Go Fund Me” Campaign to raise our necessary portion of this plan.

LIHI is in the process of their annual GALA campaign.

We (SFNW) are already speaking with Rep. Jayapal and Senator Murray’s staff as well as WA State for additional funding.

 

 

FINAL NOTES AND CONCLUSIONS: 

  • “First Year Expenses” have already paid for, saving $3.5 million off the total.
  • The total budget for the next three years, $75,643,000 $47,454,000 is less than the cost of three two hotels.*
  • Sound Foundations NW has already donated $1 million worth of tiny homes to the Tiny Home Village program. It took our organization four years to accomplish this.  It is our goal to raise another $1 million for year #2 alone.
  • We are asking the City of Seattle to contribute at least 50% of the total budget for 2023 and land when it is needed for year two of this plan.
  • After four years: Seattle has ZERO EXPENSE for sweeps and clean up, saving the city over $11 million every year.

 

 

*https://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2021/July/14-redmond-health-through-housing.aspx

 

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